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1 BAA Course: Forensic Science 11 District Name: Cowichan Valley District Number: 79 Developed by: Alanna Skene Date Developed: October 20, 2006 Schools Names: Principal s Name: Cowichan Secondary, Frances Kelsey Secondary, Chemainus Secondary, Lake Cowichan Secondary, CVOLC Mr. S. Piper, Mrs. M. Sandford, Mr. G. Foster, Mr. J. Baker, Mr. L. Mattin Board/Authority Approval Date: December 6, 2006 Board/Authority Signature Course Name: Forensic Science 11 Grade Level of Course: 11 Number of Course Credits: 4 Number of Hours of Instruction: 120 Prerequisite(s): Science 10 and Principles of Math 10 recommended Special Training, Facilities or Equipment Required: General Laboratory Equipment (microscopes, tweezers, etc.) Recommended forensic equipment i.e., (fingerprint powder, mock-blood testing equipment). Teacher with a science background recommended.

2 Course Synopsis: Forensic Science or Crime Scene Reconstruction is the use of scientific method, physical evidence, deductive reasoning and their interrelationships to gain knowledge of the events leading to the commission of a crime. Forensic Science 11 is a course that focuses on giving students a chance to gain and apply knowledge from the areas of history, math, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, archeology, anthropology, law, medicine, and professional/technical writing. This course will expose students to current forensic science methods as well a discussing past practices and reasons for advancements in technology. This course will include a series of inquiry labs, discussion of case studies, field trips and guest speakers, internet research and practical labs that will allow students to strengthen skills of observation, interpretation, reasoning, and formal presentation. The students in this course will be required to design and carry out scientific investigations. Rationale: Forensic Science 11 will allow students to fully understand what becoming a forensic scientist entails and to discover areas of interest and potential career opportunities. Forensic Science is a field of study that involves the integration of many of the courses offered at our school, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, earth science/geology, physics, and some history (law and general history of forensic science). By affording students an opportunity to take this course, it is hoped that they will become more motivated and interested in looking into the other fields of science. Through insight into the fields associated with Forensic Science, students should be assisted in determining their potential career goals including future choices of careers in Law enforcement or post secondary education in the sciences. Students will gain valuable and practical experience for future education, training and careers.

3 Organizational Structure: [units, topics, modules] Unit/Topic Title Time Unit 1 History of Forensic Science and General Forensic Knowledge 12 Unit 2 Criminal Law and Crime Scene Investigation Techniques 18 Unit 3 Forensic Biology and Pathology 22 Unit 4 Forensics of Non-Biological Evidence 16 Unit 5 Impression Evidence 16 Unit 6 Forensic Ballistics 7 Unit 7 Explosive and Arson Evidence 9 Unit 8 Polygraph Testing and Document Analysis 10 Unit 9 Crime Case Studies and Criminal Profiling 10 Total Hours 120 Unit 1: History of Forensic Science and General Forensic Knowledge Understand the basic history of forensic science and the evolution of this area of study through time. 12 Hours Define Forensic Science (or Crime Scene Reconstruction) as the use of scientific methods, physical evidence, deductive reasoning, and their interrelationship to gain knowledge of the sequence of events leading up to and surrounding the commission of a crime. Identify how forensic science is used and its purpose in law enforcement. Understand what is required of forensic scientists throughout the process of investigating a crime.

4 Unit 2: Criminal Law and Crime Scene Investigation Techniques 18 Hours Identify the role of forensic scientists in the aftermath of a crime (including professional relationships with Law enforcement agencies). Understand the essential elements of Canadian criminal law governing evidence found at crime scenes. o Including how evidence must be presented, what evidence can be received, and what expert evidence is. Demonstrate basic techniques used by forensic scientists to collect evidence from a crime scene and how that evidence is preserved. o Including pre-crime scene preparations and protection of evidence, tools used to collect and record location of evidence, and documentation of evidence collection. Unit 3: Forensic Biology and Pathology 22 Hours Understand the role of biological and pathological evidence, and its collection, during a crime investigation. o Recognize and understand use of different biological evidence and how to process that evidence (body fluids, blood stain patterns, drugs and poisons (more in depth discussion in Unit 4), hair (more in depth discussion in Unit 4), and DNA/genetics) o Recognize and understand use of different pathological evidence and how to process that evidence (manner/time/cause of death) includes a small sections on entomology (study of insects) and the human skeleton (anthropology). Participate in discussion with Coroner, RCMP officers and other experts in the field of forensic scientist. Unit 4: Forensics of Non-Biological Evidence 16 Hours Understand how the different types of non-biological and trace evidence found at the scene of a crime can be useful tools to forensic scientists. o Microscopic Trace Evidence: collection of trace evidence; use of hair evidence; other forms of evidence (including fibers, glass, etc..) o Forensic Toxicology: drug use and driving; science behind testing for drugs; poisons; breathalyzer testing and physiological effects of alcohol on the body

5 Unit 5: Impression Evidence Understand fingerprint analysis 16 Hours o Types and causes of patterns; fingerprint ridge patterns; short and long-term latent fingerprints; finding and lifting latent fingerprints using lifting powders; fingerprint recognition; and enhancing fingerprints using Cryanoacrylate/Krazy Glue Identify and use of other impression evidence o Footprints analysis (especially for unique impressions); handprints or other body impressions used to identify suspects Unit 6: Forensic Ballistics Identify what ballistic evidence is, why it can be very useful, and how it is produced. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic types of firearms. Understand the velocity, kinetic energy and trajectory of ballistic evidence. 7 Hours Perform ballistic fingerprinting using real ballistic evidence (from used shell casings from local gun club) to distinguish features unique to each firearm. Understand the importance of testing for gunpowder residue on suspects and their clothing, as well as victims and what it can tell us about the position of a suspect during a shooting. Unit 7: Explosive and Arson Evidence 9 Hours Understand what causes combustion (three required ingredients for any fire: oxygen, fuel, and heat). Understand basic information about arson and explosives (and the crimes committed using either of these methods). Recognize the steps involved in investigating an arson crime scene. Identify the basic tools used in arson or explosive investigations. Participate in discussion with Fire Chiefs, Fire Commissioners and other experts in the field of arson and explosives.

6 Unit 8: Polygraph Testing and Document Analysis Identify and understand the purpose of polygraph testing on suspects. Understand what polygraph testers are looking for and how they detect these changes in human physiology. Analyze written documents. 10 Hours Unit 9: Crime Case studies and Criminal Profiling 10 Hours Understand what criminal profiling is and the various methods used to profile offenders. Distinguish the difference between organized and disorganized offenders. Create a criminal profile using garbage (laboratory). Use crime case studies throughout this course to increase their understanding of the various topics covered. Use some of histories high profile crimes to determine what we could have done today as forensic scientists to increase law enforcements ability to find the crimes offender. Apply decision-making strategies, logic and professional conduct to investigate the scene of a crime so as to preserve the law and the evidence left. Instructional Component: Course time will be divided among classroom instruction, practical workshops, laboratory participation, and research/case studies. Classroom instruction will focus on best practices: Student centered learning Purposeful and relevant content and tasks Co-operative learning opportunities Upper level and critical thinking skills, which include deductive reasoning, divergent and convergent thinking, cause and effect and concept attainment. Practical Workshops: Guest speakers Case studies Laboratories

7 Assessment Component: May include but not limited to: Students assessment portion: Self evaluation on tasks and assignments Peer evaluation of group projects Self reflection (learning logs of case studies) Teacher assessment portion: Laboratory investigations and techniques used Lesson quizzes and unit tests Classroom and research assignments Presentations Learning Resources: May include but not limited to: Kowalyk, Audri; Kowalyk, Apollo; and Christensen, Susanne: Introductory Forensic Science Teacher Resource Manual, Kowalyk, Audri; Kowalyk, Apollo; and Christensen, Susanne: Advanced Forensic Science Teacher Resource Manual, Kowalyk, Audri; Kowalyk, Apollo; and Christensen, Susanne: Introductory to Crime Case Studies, 2006.

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